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Cops, Clergy, and Counselors Visit Drug Addicts Under New Bedford Pilot Program

A pilot program in New Bedford has clergy, law enforcement, and counselors stepping into the homes of drug addicts.

The program, organized by DrugFreeNB, has been in operation since April, and has ministers, police officers, and drug counselors conducting home visits to people who have recently overdosed on drugs

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Chief Youth Court Sponsor Hopeful Program Will Continue

The chief sponsor of the Youth Court Program is hopeful funding can be found to keep it operating in New Bedford and Fall River.

Carl Alves of Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction says the program joins with schools to bring youthful offenders before a jury of their peers who listen to arguments and decide their fate

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PAACA Men’s Clothing Drive in New Bedford

Mother Teresa said the most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. When local folks need a helping hand, many times they turn to agencies like PAACA, Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction

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Heroin Loves The Middle-Class

Heroin users aren't always the strung-out addict in the alley or bridge underpass. More and more often, they're the middle-class housewife next door!
Heroin use is reaching into new communities - addicting more and more women and middle-class users - as people hooked on prescription painkillers transition to cheaper illegal drugs, a new report shows

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Keating Hosts Roundtable on Substance Abuse

Heroin and opioid abuse has maintained a steady increase over the past several years, bringing the number of those looking for treatment to record highs. Now community leaders are looking to educate the public and their political representatives on how they can make a difference

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TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event
TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event

Prescription Drug Abuse Still A Large Concern

With the amount of fatal heroin overdoses on the Southcoast down, and the number of overdose reversals on the rise thanks to first responders, things are looking up in the fight against heroin and drug abuse

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DEA’s Crackdown On Synthetic Drugs Applauded

The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on synthetic drugs. DEA officials say a nationwide operation on Wednesday targeted the distribution and trafficking of synthetic drugs in roughly two-dozen states

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TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event
TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event

Carl Alves Is Sister Rose Award Winner

The winner of this year's Sister Rose Award has been working in the human service field in New Bedford for more than 20 years.

Carl Alves is the executive director of PAACA and member of the Homeless Service Providers Network

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